Royal Flying Doctors Service – Dental Services Tas. (RFDS)
Dental Care in Tasmania
People living and working in rural and remote areas are disproportionately affected by problems associated with poor oral health largely because they have poorer access to services while studies have shown the direct correlation between oral health and avoidable illness. Tooth decay is Australia’s most prevalent health problem, even though it is largely preventable. Dental conditions are the leading cause of potentially preventable hospitalisations in Tasmania. People living in remote and rural locations across Australia experience several barriers relating to oral health services that their major counterparts do not.
Through funding support from the Commonwealth Government, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is addressing the issue to either continue and build on current dental program or in the case of Tasmania, has enabled us to implement a Mobile Dental Care program to bring dental teams to under-served remote and rural Tasmanian communities to tackle the disparity that exists with urban and remote communities. Our dental program is run in collaboration with local service providers to compliment current programs and Oral Health Services Tasmania and the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
Here in Tasmania the newly established RFDS Tasmania Mobile Dental Care could visit you at your school or early learning centre to offer preventative screenings, oral health promotion and treatment. The outreach program is offered in a flexible service structure and delivered in rural and remote communities across the state. We are also able to provide dental treatments in a fixed clinic environment within your local communities.
RFDS Tasmania are building partnerships and one recent collaboration is with the Circular Head Aboriginal Corp (CHAC) in Smithton to treat local Tasmanian Aboriginals and community members in a culturally aware environment by addressing their unmet dental needs.
Who is eligible for treatment in the Flying Doctor Dental Clinic?
Children 0 – 18 years Adults aged 18 years and over, who hold a Health Care card
To make an appointment or to find out more information about the Mobile Dental Care program visiting your school or communities please contact the Flying Doctor Mobile Dental team on (03) 6779 1480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.